Magic Lantern film club
The big idea:
you enjoy a magical evening of film, friends and wonder.
Supporting Awamu charity, working with vulnerable kids in the slums of Kampala who dare to dream big.

Harold and Maude – No Slippers, No Entry! 25/9/13

25.9.13 The Beehive Day Centre, Bristol. 48 attendees. £352.08 raised

With their slippers on, Corrie on record and head scarfs wrapped tightly round their blue rinses, 40 OAP’s of a very magical nature head for bus stop ‘Bb’ on Baldwin street.  At 7pm they were met by their doddery Magic Lantern guides complete with a silver zimma frame and 27 broaches.



Once slippers were assessed and people ticked off the magic list, attendees were handed a goody bad including Werthers originals, an extremely hard crossword, song sheet for ‘We’ll meet again’ and a return magic bus ticket for First Bus (thanks First for giving us half price tickets!)


With still no idea of where they were going and what they were going to see everyone jumped on board the 19.10 number 7 bus for a good old sing song!


All 42 of us squished onto the top deck much to the bemusement of regular travellers and bus driver who joined us on  the 20 minute ride.

We alighted at the top of Whitehall road and made our way to our final destination, The Magic Lantern Seniors Day Centre (A.K.A. The Beehive Centre)




 Mr and Mrs Busher had set up a marvelous spread at the Magic Cafe with generous yummy creations from Efi, Annie and Mhairi.  With Bovril in hand, bums firmly stuck in the most amazing chairs ever to grace a Magic Lantern screening and bi-focals adjusted accordingly the silver screening was underway.



Mrs Bradshaw introduced the first film, a short film by Conor Ferguson called ‘The Wednesdays’ about an elderly couple who get bored on Wednesday so get up to some shenanigans you wouldn’t expect.


We then went straight to the main flick of the night Harold an Maude.  We broke with Magic Lantern Film Club tradition and showed a film twice!  But since it was over 4 years ago and Kerry was the only person at both screenings and oh yes its BRILLIANT we decided to show it again, in the fitting setting of the Beehive centre.

Self-destructive and needy but wealthy teenager Harold is obsessed with death and spends his leisure time attending funerals, watching the demolition of buildings, visiting junkyards, simulating suicides trying to get the attention of his indifferent, snobbish and egocentric mother, and having sessions with his psychologist. When Harold meets the anarchic seventy-nine-year-old Maude at a funeral, they become friends and the old lady discloses other perspectives of the cycle of life for him. Meanwhile, his mother enlists him in a dating service and tries to force him to join the army. On the day of Maude’s eightieth birthday, Harold proposes to her but he finds the truth about life at the end of hers.
Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Check out Kerry’s favourite scene.

Jees everyone! If you want to Sing out just SING OUT!! la leee laaaa

100% of the amazing £352.08 raised from this Magic Lantern will go to the inspirational woman and children from AWAMU working in Kampala, Uganda.

see you next time x

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